Jane Mead received her BA in Economics from Vassar College and earned an MA and an MFA from Syracuse University and the University of Iowa, respectively. She is the author of three previous collections of poetry, most recently The Usable Field, also from Alice James Books. Her poems have been published widely in anthologies and journals and she is the recipient of grants and awards from the Whiting, Guggenheim and Lannan Foundations. For many years Poet-in-Residence at Wake Forest University, she now manages the ranch her grandfather purchased in the early 1900’s in Napa Valley, where she grows zinfandel and cabernet wine-grapes. She teaches in the Drew University low-residency MFA program in Poetry and Poetry in Translation.